The world is full of amazing substances. Steel gives skyscrapers the strength and flexibility to defy gravity. Paper can be soft enough to wipe our noses, or strong enough to cover airplane wings. And then there are some substances that — while almost entirely useless — are so incredibly satisfying, they captivate our attention. So please sit back, ands take in these twelve GIFs of incredibly satisfying substances, from metal that melts in your hand, to magnet-munching putty. We dare you not to want them.
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The Classic: Play-Doh
How well do you remember this stuff from your childhood? The smell, the texture, the feel of it squeezing through your fingers. And of course, for the less ‘sophisticated’ of us: the taste.
Fun fact of the day: Play-Doh was originally formulated as a wallpaper cleaner. But when the coal-heated furnaces of yesteryear gave way to more modern (and less sooty) alternatives, the manufacturer had to find a new use for its cleaning paste. And Play-Doh was born.
Want to relive the magic? Check out all the new and incredible varieties of Play-Doh on Amazon.
The Magic Metal That Melts In Your Hands: Gallium
The element gallium (Ga) shares many properties with its neighbors on the Periodic Table — aluminum, indium and thallium. Perhaps its most unique property, however, is its incredibly low melting point of 85.57 degrees Fahrenheit, which is widely used as a temperature reference point.
But enough of that boring stuff. Gallium literally melts in your hands, making it look like an outtake from Terminator 2 is taking place on your palm.
And even cooler, you can buy the stuff easily on Amazon. Go on, give it a shot.
The Transvestitic Non-Newtonian Liquid That Sometimes Is A Solid: Oobleck
Oobleck is a fascinating substance. Acting as liquid in most states, it then behaves like a solid under quick application of pressure. If you’re ambitious enough, you could even walk comfortably across a pool of Oobleck, provided you move quickly enough.
The coolest aspect of this strange substance is its composition. Oobleck is just a mixture of corn starch and water. So go on, give it a shot yourself.
This Pile Of Millions Of Tiny Rocks That I Really Want To Bite: Kinetic Sand
A mix of 98% sand and 2% polydimethylsiloxane, this compelling substance is more commonly known as Kinetic Sand. Originally formulated as a sculpting compound, the sand has caught on as an addictively satisfying plaything for kids and adults alike.
Is it just me, or do you want to bite this stuff?
This Mysterious Dark Substance That Will Eat All The Magnets: Magnetic Putty
Essentially a suspension of metal particles in polymer putty, Magnetic Putty behaves in amazing ways when exposed to magnets (its favorite food).
Check out the varieties of magnetic putty here, and grab some magnets to feed it while you’re at it.